After being nearly killed by both a hired hit man and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin could use some low-key cases. So when Robert Smedley walks through the door of her detective agency, determined to prove that his wife is cheating on him, Raisin Investigations immediately offers to help. Unfortunately for Agatha, Mabel Smedley appears to be the perfect wife: young, pretty, and a regular volunteer at church. But just as Agatha is ready to give up, Smedley is poisoned with weed killer, leaving Mabel, the prime suspect, poised to inherit a fortune. With no one left to pay her, Agatha has to drop the investigation - that is, until her old friend Sir Charles Fraith turns up again to rekindle her curiosity in the case.
©2006 M. C. Beaton (P)2005 AudioGO
Science fiction, fantasy and mystery listener. Love anything with a good plot.
I'm on another Agatha Raisin binge! There is only a few of the Agatha Raisin stories that I haven't read/listened to and I'm eagerly awaiting the new mystery, Dishing the Dirt, in September. So while I wait I'm catching up on the ones I haven't listened to.
I love that Agatha doesn't see the good in everyone! She's so cynical and she's certain that Mabel Smedley isn't as perfect as she first seems. It's a refreshing take compared to Mrs Bloxby, who appears to see the good in everyone. I certainly think I'm more like Agatha Raisin, and being very skeptical myself.
The mystery was interesting. By halfway in the story the murders were stacking up and it was clear that they had to be somehow linked, but it was hard to see how.
M.C. Beaton always weaves a interesting story, with several side stories, and this one was no different. I liked how she is making Agatha age slowly, with Agatha experiencing some pains in her hips. She develops all her characters at a natural pace and I find that very refreshing.
The Agatha Raisin mysteries remain one of my favorites and I prefer to listen to the audiobooks. Penelope Keith will always be the voice of Agatha for me, and I'm looking to her narrate a few more yet.
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